Lime Essential Oil
Traditionally considered to be a remedy for scurvy, crates full of lime were always taken by sailors on their long voyages. Of course these days lime is a popular kitchen ingredient and a flavoring for cooking and drinks but its essential oil has various uses that you may not be quite as familiar with.
Lime essential oil is derived from one of two lime trees known scientifically as Citrus aurantifolia. The Mexican lime tree and the Tahiti lime tree are evergreen, bushy trees which grow up to 12 feet in height with beautiful white blossoms as well as the familiar oval green fruit.
Lime was originally native to South East Asia before spreading to Africa and Europe in around the 12th century. Today it is grown in many regions of the world with India, Mexico, Brazil and SPain
being the largest producers. The essential oil you buy is produced from the peel of the fruit by a process of steam distillation or cold compression.
Composition and Medicinal Properties
Lime essential oil is composed of numerous chemical constituents including:
Like the other citrus essential oils, it is full of medicinal properties that can benefit your health in many ways. These properties include antiSeptic
activities among others.
Like the other citrus fruits, limes are a rich source of natural Antioxidant
s and beneficial nutrients which give the oil many health benefits that will be explored in detail below.
Lime Essential Oil Benefits
Healing and Infection
Because of its excellent AntiBacteria
l qualities, lime essential oil can be applied to minor Wound
s, scrapes, Burns
and bug Bites
to speed up the healing process and prevent harmful Bacteria
from taking hold.
• You can apply the oil directly to the Wound
or ad a few drops to a cold compress and apply the compress to your Skin
Lime essential oil also has effective Antiviral
abilities which can protect against the type of common Virus
es that lead to Colds
• Simply diffusing lime oil throughout the day will not only help relax your mind and improve your feelings of well-being but can also guard against these annoying viral sicknesses.
3. Oral Health
If you are suffering from toothaches or gum disease, I feel for you. As a person who has suffered his fair share of teeth and gum disease, nothing makes me feel quite as miserable. Eating is difficult if not impossible and the Pain
in your mouth can have a debilitating effect as well as causing you to lose sleep.
The good news is that essential oils such as lime can be put to use on your oral problems with great effect.
Because it is AntiBacteria
l, lime essential oil can help kill the Bacteria
causing your oral Infection
s and its Astringent
properties mean that it can also strengthen the Gums
which gives your teeth a firmer footing.
The scent of lime essential oil can stimulate the Digestive
juices meaning your food will be digested more easily. Lime oil can also boost Appetite
which is often necessary when you are recovering from illness.
Not only does lime oil help treat external Infection
s but it can also help destroy internal Bacteria
which may be causing problems in your Digestive
• It can be used to treat Diarrhea
and Food poisoning
among other problems
Inhaling lime oil can help treat Congestion
and other Respiratory
conditions caused by the common cold, flu or Bronchitis
. Its Antiviral
properties help prevent the illnesses in the first place while it also has properties that can help you breathe more easily after you are sick.
There are several inhalation methods that will free up your Respiratory
system and help you breathe more comfortably. You can of course inhale your lime oil directly from your bottle or from your hands but it is probably more effective to make a steam inhalation.
• To do this, add 5 or 6 drops of your lemon oil to a hot, steamy sink of water and lean over it with your upper body covered by a towel. Inhale those rich, soothing vapors for at least 5 minutes and you should find that you are breathing far more easily.
6. For the Skin
If you are one of the vast number of people that suffer from Acne
then lime essential oil may prove a very useful ally.
• Simply apply a few drops of diluted lime oil to the affected areas and its AntiBacteria
l and cleansing ability may help limit the breakout.
Lime oil also contains Astringent
properties that will help Rejuvenat
e the Skin
. It is best mixed with a Skin
friendly base oil like coconut oil or jojoba but please note that it may increase photo-sensitivity (like most citrus oils).
So to be safe you should avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours after lime oil has been applied. Because of this, other essential oils may be more suitable for treating the Skin
on your face.
Simply inhaling this therapeutic oil can help alleviate feelings of Stress
. Of course, the Sense of Smell
is very subjective and not everybody will feel its benefits bit for those of you who are plagued with emotional issues, lime essential oil is one of the oils that can provide a potential safe and effective alternative to the prescription medications that so many people take.
Lime essential oil can help to boost a weak Immune
system and stave off illness. It is a wonderful Tonic
for people whose Immune
system may be low when they are recovering from illness or surgery.
9. Muscle Pain
Like many essential oils, lime oil can provide excellent Pain
relief whether you are suffering from chronic joint Pain
or you simply need to relieve Muscular
aches following a hard day on your feet.
• You can combine your lime oil with a carrier oil to make a natural and extremely effective massage oil or simply add 5 or 6 drops to your bathwater.
10. For the Hair
Lime essential oil can help treat Scalp
issues like Dandruff
and can be applied directly to your Hair
to breathe new life into it. Whether you are suffering from Dandruff
or just feel your Hair
is lacking life, simply add a few drops of your lime oil to your regular Shampoo
and wash as normal.
How to Use Lime Essential Oil
1. Diffuse: adding a few drops of lime essential oil to your Diffuser
machine can help stave off feelings of Anxiety
and boost immunity.
2. Inhale: for Respiratory
issues, inhale it directly from your cupped hands or make a steam inhaler by adding a few drops to a sink of hot water.
3. Massage: dilute your lime oil with a suitable carrier oil and massage it into your aching joints and Muscle
4. Topical application: to treat Wound
s, cuts and Skin
: add a few drops to your regular Shampoo
to improve the health of your Hair
Lime Oil Side Effects and Precautions
Lime essential oil is generally considered to be safe for topical use and inhalation but there are a few precautions that you should be aware of
• As with most citrus oils, lime oil may be photoSensitive
meaning that it can cause a reaction when it is exposed to direct sunlight. Reactions are potentially severe and exposure to UV light following the application of lime oil may cause burning, Skin
discoloration or Rash
es. It is recommended that you avoid exposure to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours after applying lime oil to your Skin
• Taking lime oil in small quantities internally may be safe but ingesting essential oils is potentially dangerous and should generally be avoided.
• Make sure that you dilute your oil in a suitable base oil before applying it to your Skin
• Citrus essential oils like lime oil can damage some Diffuser
machines so please check your manufacturer’s recommendations before using it in a Diffuser